Hey, big spender, can you imagine the day when your fat tips are no longer welcome at your favorite restaurant?
That day is near for customers of famed restaurateur Danny Meyer’s 13 New York eateries. Meyer, who is also founder of the popular Shake Shack chain, triggered a tidal wave of commentary when he announced recently that tipping would be eliminated at his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants.
West Palm’s iconic Okeechobee Steakhouse celebrates its 68th year this month. And for the first time in 41 years, the restaurant has expanded. A new patio was debuted this week at the steakhouse’s western edge.
The addition comes after some summertime sprucing up of the longstanding restaurant.
Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151; OkeeSteakhouse.com
Tryst in Delray Beach epitomizes the gastro pub concept with inspired plates, a free-wheeling selection of craft beers, boutique wines and cocktails and an eclectic setting for nightly dinner and drinks. (Check Tryst’s Facebook page for terrific nightly specials.)
A homey brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring some country-style breakfast items as well as burgers and sandwiches.
You may not know this, but there’s a bacon omelet with Vermont cheddar and sweet peppers calling your name.
The lively Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach is marking its first anniversary with a weekend-long celebration. Chef/owner Julien Gremaud is hosting a “Big ONE” party at 8 p.m. Friday, serving specialty drinks, a special menu, home-baked birthday cake and a helping of DJ-spun tunes on the side.
On Sunday, the chef hosts the “ONEderful Birthday Brunch,” starting at 11 a.m.
Reservations are strongly suggested for both days.
Travel to Turkey without leaving this friendly eatery in West Palm Beach. Go the mezze route, dabbling in Aegean dips, dolma (stuffed grape leaves), grilled octopus and other small plates. Or feast on fish dishes such as red snapper in parchment, or a range of Mediterranean classics.
Salads are outstanding – and ample. Desserts are homemade. And if you over-do the calorie count on a Friday or Saturday night, you can always burn it off when the belly dancing starts at about 8 p.m.
Agora Mediterranean Kitchen: 2505 N. Dixie Highway, Northwood district, West Palm Beach; 561-651-7474; AgoraKitchenWPB.com
It’s not everywhere you can get a drink at one of the best bars in the world — while sitting in your bathing suit at the hotel pool.
But that’s exactly the case at the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach, which was recently named among the World’s 50 Best Bars, in a “Drinks International” poll of more than 400 voters worldwide. The Broken Shaker was ranked No. 14 on a list that includes bar from London to Singapore.
It’s yet another honor for a tiny bar wedged inside the Freehand Miami hostel, which opens up to a pool courtyard filled nightly with revelers, no matter the weather. In the heat, it’s bathing suits optional.
Sunday marks the sweet 16th birthday of La Bonne Bouche, the charming Lake Worth bakery and café, which opened with just five tables.
“It’s never easy for mom and pop businesses to survive in this busy corporate world today,” says Sara Regnier, who co-owns the shop with her husband, Chef Eric Regnier. “We really had to adjust and we’re still here.”
To celebrate this feat, the chef has been baking up a storm, making everything from brioche to pain au chocolat. (He’s even making his own raspberry jam.) To go with the confections, the Regniers are offering a free cup of coffee with the purchase of one croissant, Danish, almond croissant, brioche or pain au chocolat.
In its two short years on the scene, Kitchen has transformed a sleepy Dixie Avenue plaza into a buzzy meeting place for well-heeled locals, powerbrokers and celebrities. One should expect no less from chef/co-owner Matthew Byrne, who worked as private chef for Tiger Woods before opening the charming spot with his wife, Aliza Byrne.
This month, as Kitchen turns 2, chef Byrne has rolled out an updated menu of refined American comfort classics. (Like charred corn and crab cake with tomato-avocado relish, seared salmon with kale-corn-white bean succotash, and pan roasted double-cut pork chop with apple-ginger jam.)
A good way of savoring Kitchen’s highlights is to book the chef’s four-course tasting menu ($70 per person). The menu, which changes by season, is available to parties that book the eatery’s private chef’s table as well as larger parties in Kitchen’s more recently added Den space.
Kitchen: 319 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-249-2281; KitchenPB.com